"Today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse . . ."
What would be your initial response be if you came across this sign while heading toward a destination? I think we would all agree that a deliberate veer to the left would be the obvious choice. It's a good thing that we have free will so that we can make the choice of "blessings" in our lives!
Unfortunately, the signs in life aren't always this clear, and we steer the wrong way and drive a long time in the wrong direction. If we are fortunate, the road sign appears again at a crossroads, and we can only hope and pray that it is crystal clear this time around. If we turn to the left, there are higher expectations and the drive can be challenging, but the destination is worth it.
In today's scripture, Moses is speaking to the Hebrews at a time of great expectation and concern as they prepared to veer left to the promised land. It is a chat about the rules of the road. He says that if you must, tie a string on your finger, but don't forget what I am telling you. You are about to enter into a relationship with The One, Yahweh. As we would tell our kids as they leave to drive across town, Moses says, "Be careful!" If we stay on this path with Yahweh, the God of angel armies will always be by our side.
Maybe, this Lenten season is a time to look for that crossroads in your life, a time to tie a string around your finger so that you don't forget your choice and your promise. I know clearly, I saw this sign on October 3, 1999; it was presented to me by a missionary. I veered left and never looked back.
It is and has been a fantastic ride! It hasn't always been smooth and there have been some obstacles, but I have always managed, with God's help, to stay on the road.
May God bless you with a road sign which leads you to Him.
Psalms 55 or 138, 139